Billed as “an exhibit at the intersection of art and science,” the Guadalupe’s “Alternate Currents” unites five local artists in an exploration of “light and the ideas that can arise from it.” Curated by executive director Patty Ortiz, the group show tasked Jesse Amado, Ken Little, Karen Mahaffy, Anita Valencia and Avi Avalos with creating an “interpretive invention” in response to a single suspended light bulb. With works previously involving dangling crystals and draped fringe (Amado), shoes, neon and $1 bills (Little), time-lapse videos and staged interiors (Mahaffy), aluminum butterflies and coat-hanger tumbleweeds (Valencia) and piñata-inspired fashion and Tex-Mex remixes of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans (Avalos), the motley crew’s convergence should deliver an electrifying eureka moment. Free, 6-9pm Friday, Guadalupe Gallery, 723 S Brazos, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
Fri, Oct 25
The Lovely Bad Things
An air of surf, the fury of garage, the accessibility of pop-punk and a unanimous devotion to the Pixies is the easy way to describe Orange County’s the Lovely Bad Things. Multi-instrumentalists Brayden and Camron Ward and Tim Hatch, plus singer/instrumentalist Lauren Curtius are all-out faster than the speed of light, and able to make you feel better than James Brown, likely why they’ve attracted West Coast tastemakers at Burger Records and The Smell. Their latest album, the hooks-and-harmonies-filled The Late Great Whatever, is a fun but uneven affair when you look at it closely; however, even their worst shows are right on the money—they play hard at a breakneck pace, and that is a lovely good thing. With Langton Drive, Gal Pals and Islands & Tigers. $5, 9pm Friday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.
Fri, Oct 25
Graham Reynolds and the Golden Arm Trio
Austin-based composer, pianist and drummer Graham Reynolds released his first album in the late 1990s and began collaborating with director Richard Linklater in 2003. Since earning major buzz with his Radiohead-tinged score for 2006’s A Scanner Darkly, Reynolds has stitched together Linklater’s scenes with everything from country and classical (2011’s Bernie) to subtle piano and guitar arrangements (2013’s Before Midnight). Beyond cinematic endeavors and serving as frontman for the “super-charged performing group” the Golden Arm Trio—the eclectic DUKE! Three Portraits of Ellington is their latest—Reynolds scores Allison Orr’s elaborate Forklift Danceworks projects, which have made unlikely stars out of Austin Energy and Solid Waste Services Department employees. $10, 7-9pm Friday, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org.
Fri, Oct 25
Not that you’d know from the lyrics to “Hotel Stripper” (“We got weed, we got liquor, we got hos”), but 22-year-old Dizzy Wright is an introspective rapper who bares his soul in songs dealing with personal evolution and spiritual philosophy. With encouragement from his mom, Wright started rapping at age eight, recording and performing with his brother under the guidance of his uncle Layzie Bone (of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony). Since signing with Funk Volume in 2011, the rising Las Vegas star has dropped the debut SmokeOut Conversations (a tribute to the father he only recently met), The First Agreement (inspired by new age author Miguel Ángel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Wisdom) and The Golden Age—a ’90s-inspired mixtape featuring collaborations with Joey Bada$$ and Wyclef Jean. $15, 9pm, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, scoremoreshows.com.
Fri, Oct 25
One of two varieties of avian scavengers circling the Texas sky, the Black Vulture uses sight rather than smell to locate carrion, often relying on its lower-soaring frenemy the Turkey Vulture to sniff out the delicious aroma of decaying flesh. When they can’t find a dead creature to dine upon, Black Vultures aren’t above dumpster diving or killing skunks, opossums, turtle hatchlings and young livestock. Since their arrival on the scene 34 million or more years ago, these social raptors have emerged in Maya codices and as Native American symbols of renewal and transformation. An ominous flock of more than 60 of the bald, sooty beasties inspired visual artist Meghan Fest to “investigate their histories, their impressive stockade of mythologies and their roles as ancient totems.” Incorporating large-scale drawings and hand-embroidered 1960s postcards, her solo exhibition “T?TEM” explores “a delicate world threaded together via mystic reverence, occultish animism, shamanistic superstition, psychedelia and kitsch.” Free, 6-9pm Friday, Sala Diaz, (210) 852-4492, 517 Stieren, saladiazart.org. On view by appointment through Sun, Nov 24.
Fri, Oct 25 - Sun, Oct 27
Alamo City Comic Con
Years ago, a lead such as “The nerds are coming! The nerds are coming!” might have been apropos for this kind of story. But unless you’ve been living in the Phantom Zone the past 10 years, it’s clear that the nerds are not coming. They’ve already arrived. Alamo City Comic Con, brainchild of one Alfredo “Apple” De La Fuente, kicks off its inaugural convention on Friday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. With it comes three glorious days of celebrating TV, movies, comics, games and the culture that surrounds them. Any con worth its salt must provide an enjoyable mixture of celebrities (of the television and movie variety), panels, artists (and their wares), toy vendors (the rarer the toy the better) and cosplay (short for costume play, which can approach performance art). One look at ACCC’s lineup and it’s clear that its founder’s stints working for industry heavy-hitters DC Comics and Warner Brothers have left him uniquely situated to deliver guests and panels that would be right at home at more established cons. ACCC does take a different approach than most cons though, by keeping a lot of the focus on comic books, which are quickly becoming afterthoughts at the very conventions they helped spawn. Here’s some sage advice for you jedi to follow on this new, potentially awesome, quest.
Dates and times are subject to change. Visit alamocitycomiccon.com/panels-screenings for up-to-the-minute info.
’80s Transformers Reunion
Definitely more than meets the eye, voice actors Dan Gilvezan (Bumblebee), Hal Rayle (Shrapnel, Snarl and Primacron), and Paul Eiding (Perceptor) will take part in a panel. Friday noon–12:45pm and Saturday 11–11:45am
Back to the Future
Attend a dramatic (and sure to be quirky) reading of the movie script by Sean Astin, Rob Paulsen and others. When they hit 88 words per minute, you’re gonna hear some serious S#!%. Saturday 5–7pm
Adam West and Burt Ward, the Dynamic Duo, reunited. Need I say more? Awesomesauce. Saturday noon–12:45pm
Breaking Into Comics
Offering aspiring artists development opportunities and the chance to be face-to-face with movers and shakers, Aspen Comics will be on hand to help those trying to break into the comic industry. Saturday 2–2:45pm
Featuring the lovely Nadia Anton, Nicole Marie Jean, MarieDoll, Leanna Vamp and not as lovely Spencer Doe, come see these professional cosplayers strut their stuff and show you how it’s done. Saturday 4–4:45pm
Halo: Chatting with the chief, Steve Downes, voice of Master Chief
The voice of one of the most iconic videogame characters in history, the gravely elocution provided by Downes can emasculate the manliest of men and turn a seemingly benign “Hello” into the most epic greeting ever. You’ve been warned (and teased). Friday noon–12:45pm
Machete: Danny Trejo and the making of the new film
Maybe the only other man who can pull off a BMF-embroidered wallet, Danny “Hola DEA” Trejo will be on hand to talk about Machete Kills and just generally look badass. Saturday 1–1:45pm
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
GO! GO! Go see Steve Cardena (Red Ranger), Walter Jones (Black Ranger) and
David Yost (Blue Ranger) to relive your childhood (and maybe adulthood) memories.
Spandex optional. Friday 1–1:45pm
Star Wars: Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, Jett Lucas
See everyone’s favorite walking carpet/Sith apprentice (whose screen time was cut—hee, hee—criminally short), and a prequel Padawan (and winner of the genetic lottery) in our not so far away town. Saturday 3–3:45pm
Walking Dead Cast Members
Post-apocalyptic lovebirds Steven Yuen (Glenn) and Lauren Cohen (Maggie) headline this Walking Dead gathering. See them as well as other (living and undead) cast members. Sunday 2–3:45pm
$10-$200, 11am-8pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E Market, alamocitycomiccon.com.
Read Tim Henessey’s full Alamo City Comic Con story here.
Sat, Oct 26
Dance with the Dead
For its third annual spooky soiree, the Institute of Texan Cultures is giving Dance with the Dead a boozy infusion with a Prohibition era theme. As ever, guests 21 and up may come dressed as their favorite dead Texan and enter the costume contest. The obvious choice: gangster lovebirds Bonnie and Clyde. A bit more creative? Try glam Joan Crawford, sassy Katherine Anne Porter or crazy-pants Howard Hughes, who was then in his high-flying Hollywood days. Even without a costume, you can still ace the dance contest (to the jazzy tunes of East End Arcadians) or get the creeps on a museum ghost hunt led by paranormal investigators Ghost Seekers (limit 60 people, $5 extra). For added ambience, Artpace will host a Halloween artslam and 1920s horror films will be projected on the ITC dome. $10-$20 (cash bar), 8:30-11:30pm, Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E Cesar Chavez, (210) 458-2300, texancultures.com.
Sat, Oct 26
Scream It Like You Mean It
Despite the title, the Scream It Like You Mean It tour—appropriately hitting the White Rabbit the week before Halloween—isn’t a screamo show. Or, rather, it’s not exclusively a screamo show: there’s also some emo, hardcore, melodic hardcore, post-hardcore, alt-metal, pop-punk, dance punk and
well, you get the idea. If the kids are running around in tight circles hollering to it, it’s part of the tour. In its fourth year despite a scale-back from 19 bands to seven, Scream It is still a good deal and, if past years are any indication, a good chance to get an advance look at bands that will be tearing up the charts a few months from now. The lineup includes bands Like Moths to Flames, Capture the Crown, I Am King, Set It Off and Sienna Skies, but these are the Current’s three top picks:
Named for none other than children’s author/wise-ass Shel Silverstein, this Canadian outfit has always been hard to pigeonhole. Marked by a solid sense of humor and a tendency to play around with the boundaries of hardcore, they enjoy courting the creative fringes of the genre. Being hard to predict is a rare thing in a strictly regimented musical framework like theirs, but Silverstein’s decisions are always interesting if not completely successful—they recently followed up the clever Short Songs (hardcore blasts at grindcore speeds) with This is How the Wind Shifts, a much more ambitious—and intense—emo-tinged full-length.
Hawthorne Heights (above)
This screamo quintet has been marked by tragedy, controversy and conflict; no wonder they seem so upset. Their rhythm guitarist, Casey Calvert, died on the bus during their first major national tour; they underwent a very nasty and very public feud with their former label, Victory Records; and their own label, Cardboard Empire, was a non-starter. Despite it all, though, they’ve managed to win chart success and an extremely dedicated fan base. Their new label, Red River Entertainment, has overseen the release of a vigorous, hard-edged concept album called Zero, which has rejuvenated the band creatively after some years of rowing in circles.
Story of the Year
St. Louis’ favorite post-emo whatnot is touring behind what is, amazingly, the 10-year anniversary re-recording of their first album, Page Avenue. It’s hard to believe that such an energetic group has been around for that long of a period, going from local-act obscurity to bonafide chart sensation. They’ve also weathered a lot of hard times, including a nearly three-year hiatus and a countless number of side projects, to make what could be a major comeback. Now’s a crucial time for the band, as the re-interpretation of their original material signals a desire to head in some new directions.
$24.95-$59.99, 5:30pm Saturday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, twinproductions.frontgatetickets.com.
Sat, Oct 26
SAGE Music Festival
“Don’t you get it, lads?” asks the manager of an aspiring whiter-than-white Irish soul band in Alan Parker’s The Commitments (1991). “The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.” Allen Stone is not from Dublin, but Chewelah, Wash., and even though he doesn’t sound at all like the Commitments’ raspy singer (Stone is more the Stevie Wonder type), he could’ve perfectly played the part in the movie—just don’t ask him to imitate Wilson Pickett or wear a suit and tie. “That’s just not me,” the 26-year-old Stone—who once described himself as a “hippie with soul”—told the Current on the phone. “I don’t wear a tie, ever. I don’t understand this whole ‘you’re from Seattle but you sing like you’re from Detroit’ thing. I’m really an outcast from the soul genre. You’re supposed to look sexy and all that, but I just wear whatever I would wear normally. With me, it’s all about the music.” So far, image hasn’t been a problem for him: Allen Stone (2011), his breakthrough album, landed in the top 5 of the iTunes R&B/Soul charts and No. 9 and 35 in Billboard’s Heatseekers and R&B/Hip-Hop albums charts, respectively. He and his band (two guitars, two keyboards, bass and drums), will be in San Antonio to headline the SAGE Music Festival (benefiting the nonprofit organization San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside) on Saturday at AT&T Center’s Bud Light Courtyard. Other notable acts are Ram Herrera (Tejano 7pm), Orchesta Tropicante (salsa/Latin jazz 4:45pm) and Mel Waiters (blues, 8:15pm). $22-$27, 3pm-midnight Saturday, Bud Light Courtyard, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center, (210) 444-5000, ticketmaster.com.
Read Enrique Lopetegui's full story about Allen Stone here.
Sun, Oct 27
San Antonio Zombie Walk
While The Zombie Parade (held in Sacramento, Calif., in 2001) is the first recorded event of its kind, Pittsburgh’s Walk of the Dead attracted 1,028 in 2006 and set a Guinness World Record for the largest recorded gathering of zombies. In 2010, New Jersey’s Zombie Walk nabbed that record when 4,093 living dead flooded the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Meanwhile, the Brisbane Zombie Walk thoughtfully raised $13,000 for the Brain Foundation of Australia. Launched in 2007, SA’s B.Y.O.B. (bring your own blood) version is going for the gold this year. In order to keep an undead headcount, guests are asked to register at whatszappening.com/event/96 (it's free unless you choose to purchase a T-shirt for $10). After the stumbling, moaning stroll through the streets of downtown, follow the trail of fake blood to the Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo) for Slab Cinema's outdoor screening of Edgar Wright's 2004 horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead. Free, 5pm, Hemisfair Park (near Tower of the Americas), 601 Tower of the Americas Way, sanantoniozombiewalk.com.